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    Office specialist commented  · 

    Hi Thomas, what exactly do you find buggy with the PowerPoint API? My addins are running for years with comprehensive functions in all versions 2007+. I only had to reworked userforms when MS changed from SDI to MDI in Ppt 2013 where userforms became sort of modal to the presentation they were opened in. (Userforms that serve as palettes should stay available in all presentations.) And of course, some of the addins' functions may be available in certain version only (like section with 2010, drawing guides in 2013, ...). Sometimes 32 bit and 64 bit versions behaving a bit differently. Maybe some of your experience actually comes from old PowerPoint shapes (2003 and before)? Such legacy shapes may portray odd behavior like lines with undefined line width. So depending on the mix of presentations you are working with you may run into say challenges, many of which you still can address in programming when you've identified the odd property of a shape. I am actually fairly happy with most of the PowerPoint API over the years (as are my customers). Kind regards, service@mso-dlx.com

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    Office specialist commented  · 

    I am unfamiliar with the new web addin js API, but both VBA and VSTO let you easily add new slides , also from external sources. Regards, service@mso-dlx.com

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    Office specialist commented  · 

    Hi Uwe, what is your app? You can change all the formatting you've mentioned by VBA and VSTO. Regards, service@mso-dlx.com

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    Office specialist commented  · 

    Hi Chris, I do think that PowerPoint 2010 onwards lets you do a great deal of programming with sections. Years ago one of my addins included a solution for agenda/table of contents in PowerPoint with custom shows and sections as optional features. Did you mean Ppt GUI (graphical user interface) rather than API (application programming interface)? May be I can help you? Kind regards, service@mso-dlx.com

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    Office specialist commented  · 

    Hi, I wonder what certificate you cannot format in Word so you could take advantage of Word's mail merge. Why use PowerPoint if you print your certificates eventually? If you are set on PowerPoint, programming an addin is not rocket science, Dare test me if really needing such a function. Kind regards, service@mso-dlx.com

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